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Holbrooke dies

WASHINGTON - Richard Holbrooke, an American diplomat who covered many of the globe's trouble spots in a career spanning nearly half a century, died Monday. The U.S. special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan suffered a tear in his aorta and collapsed on Friday while at the State Department. He had been hospitalized since. He was 69.

Holbrooke was a man who could fill a room — not just by his imposing physical presence, but also through his personality, his energy and drive. Holbrooke loved the limelight and moving among the world's powerful elite, says Daniel Serwer, who served under Holbrooke during the war in the Balkans.

Holbrooke will be remembered in large part for negotiating an end to that war with the 1995 Dayton Accords.

The U.S. special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan suffered a tear in his aorta and collapsed on Friday while at the State Department. He had been hospitalized since. He was 69.

Holbrooke was a man who could fill a room — not just by his imposing physical presence, but also through his personality, his energy and drive. Holbrooke loved the limelight and moving among the world's powerful elite, says Daniel Serwer, who served under Holbrooke during the war in the Balkans.

Holbrooke will be remembered in large part for negotiating an end to that war with the 1995 Dayton Accords.

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